Originally Posted by gotro17
Thank you so much for your thoughtful response... Basically in a permanent area. We'd be building out a space between the back of our girls playhouse/storage shed and a cinderblock wall between us and our neighbors. In the event we never have chickens, we could at least use it as a gardening, or storage, patio.
We are going to make their run from the front closest to me taking the picture, 8ft wide, 25' long, to the turn of the wall (behind me in the photo),then if will go 6ft wide, another 60ft long...around citrus trees... 😉
That will be for about 8-10 birds, with one rooster for protection.
Oh the poor birds, hardly any run space That is a fabulous run for your birds. Way more than a lot of people have space for.
So the idea is to put a somewhat raised concrete pad in the area under the extended roof? I see no reason not to do that if it is what your husband is willing to do. It isn't a gardening space with the overhang (which will add a nice bit of shade for the coop in the hot summer months). Make sure the coop has a nice big window facing the window in the playhouse for chicken TV. With the wall and playhouse/shed defining the space, you won't be able to expand sideways anyway (until you kick the girls out of their playhouse, if they haven't outgrown it, and turn it into a coop ).
It won't hurt the birds if they scratch around in litter in the area with the pad, in fact I have to cut the nails of some of my birds, they have no hardscape to speak of. Yours might be self "trimming" on the concrete if the get down that far.
Originally Posted by matt7sd
Here is the one I built. Unfortunately it didn't come with plans. My wife found a blog with a handful of pictures. She really wanted this one so I made my own plans and built it. It still needs some finishing touches but it's worked well. The shutters on the windows open and close which is nice because it rains a lot here in Washington so we can close them when it's really rainy and open them when the weather is nice.
I blogged about it as well hoping to help others since I didn't get much help in terms of plans/materials when building mine.
That is a very nice looking coop. Love the operable shutters. I'm am very basic, if it is something that SHOULD do something it SHOULD do it, no decorative shutters please. Nothing more stupid looking (well OK there probably are things) than shutters screwed to a wall, clearly not even the right dimension to cover the window.
Does the ramp go to their garage ? It looks almost horizontal, exactly the opposite of what is frequently commented on when there is a ramp that is really steep.